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The pure air is above the fire, and its place extends
as far as heaven. In this air there is
no darkness. For it was made of pure purity and
it shines and glitters so clearly that nothing
can be compared to it. In this air there are seven stars,
which make their way around the earth. These stars
are very clean and clear and are called the seven
planets, situated one above another. They are ordered
in such a fashing there is more space from one to the next
than it is from the earth to the moon, which is fifteen times
longer than the size of the earth. Each of the planets
runs its course in the firmament by a miracle, its circle
being larger or smaller depending on how high or low it is.
For the orbit of those closest to the earth is smaller
and quicker to compleat than those that are further away.
To explain this in a way that you can understand, one could
make a hole in a wall and draw several circles with a compass
around this point, each of them larger than the one before.
The one that is closes to the hole would be the least of
the others and its circle would be the smallest.

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Marie Richards

original ms. Folio 84v
Walters ms. Folio 89v
BL Royal MS 19 A IX fols 97v-98v
Caxton, ed. Prior, pp 123-124
Gossuin, ed. Prior, 155